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Continuous Professional Development Award in Literacy and Dyslexia

Course Overview

This part time course, offered over an 18-24 month period, enables teachers and therapists to screen and remediate literacy difficulties, including Dyslexia, in school aged children. HPCSA awards 60 CEU (Level 3) points; SACE awards 40 CPTD. The course is accredited with the British Dyslexia Association (BDA).


The outcomes of the course are:

  • Understand Dyslexia and the theories of causality;
  • Understand “normal” literacy development and how the learner with Dyslexia differs;
  • Identify reading difficulties and risk for Dyslexia;
  • With mentoring, profile a learner's strengths and difficulties, and implement an individualised, structured programme with the learner over the duration of 20 hours;
  • Offer support to other members of staff to include learners with Dyslexia.


There are three modes of delivery available. The frequency of each type of course is determined by demand:

  • Direct contact with students for lectures is offered once per week for approximately 36 weeks (one afternoon per week 15:00 to 18:00); 
  • In block periods of one-week during the school holidays (spread over three and four term school calendars). 
  • Alternatively, the course is available entirely online. (SACE and BDA accreditation in process.)


Twelve hours of supervision of the case study is estimated. The case study (screening process, lessons plans and monitoring of the learner's progress), a reflective assignment on the case study, and one other assignment on the theory of Dyslexia and its implications for identifying and screening for Dyslexia, form part of the final portfolio of evidence. Participants are required to submit video recordings of the screening process and two full lessons. The assessment of a student’s professional practice is internally assessed and moderated. The two assignments are externally assessed.



  • Admission Requirements Open or Close
    • A professional qualification
    • A minimum of 3 years of educational or therapeutic experience
  • Key Contacts Open or Close

    Kalie Naidoo

    Course Leader

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    Jeandré Cooke

    Director Bellavista S.H.A.R.E.

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    Cindy Ebersey

    S.H.A.R.E Administrator

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  • Course Recognition Open or Close

    Bellavista S.H.A.R.E has trained in excess of 80 post graduate professionals since its inception, including members of the school’s own staff, in the specialist area of Literacy and Dyslexia. The work of S.H.A.R.E is known by SAQA who is supporting Bellavista in preparation for the registration of a Professional Body. 


    From 2014, the Literacy and Dyslexia Course run by S.H.A.R.E has been accredited by the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) with 60 CEUs. In 2015, the South African Council for Educators (SACE) awarded the block and weekly courses 40 CPTD points. In 2016, the block and weekly courses received accreditation by the British Dyslexia Association (BDA). The quality of the ALD course was further endorsed in 2017 when the online course was accredited by both the BDA and SACE. Beyond training others, Bellavista S.H.A.R.E contributes to research in theory and practice around the subject of Dyslexia and is affiliated with leading universities in Johannesburg, Boston (USA) and Bath (UK).  



  • Who Should Attend Open or Close
    • Learning Support Educators; 
    • Educators in Special Needs Schools; 
    • Reading Specialist Teachers; 
    • Educators in Primary Schools and High Schools; 
    • Health Professionals working with Language Related Difficulties
    • Education Officials


    A limited number of candidates will be trained to ensure maximum attention.  


  • Enrolment Process Open or Close


    A non-refundable fee of R500 is payable on registration.  This fee covers the review of your documentation to determine whether the entry requirements outlined above have been met. 

    This fee is payable via the S.H.A.R.E. website: www.bellavistashare.org.za/book.

    Both EFT and credit card payments are available at checkout. If payment is made by EFT, kindly send proof of payment to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Once the online registration and payment have been made, please send detailed curriculum vitae to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    On completion of the registration process and the submission of your CV, you will:

    • Receive a letter of indicating whether you have been accepted;  
    • Submit certified copies of your identity document, certified copies of your formal qualifications, and a letter of support from your immediate supervisor;
    • Sign and submit the payment option form;
    • Pay a deposit;
    • Enter into a contractual agreement with Bellavista S.H.A.R.E.


    A week before the course opens you will be sent Handbook 1. 


  • Cost Open or Close

    Prices for enrolment in 2017:

    Online Course: R29 500 (Payment Options Available on Request)

    This includes the on-line materials, moderation, supervision as well as training on the RAVE-O literacy programme.  

    The recommended core textbook as well as the intervention and assessment materials are for candidate’s own cost.  These are estimated at R5 500.

    Accreditation with SACE and the British Dyslexia Association is in process. Students wanting BDA accreditation will pay a review fee of approximately £80, which is not included in the course fee.


    Block Course: R33 900 (Payment Options Available on Request)

    This includes the course materials, moderation, supervision, training on the RAVE-O literacy programme as well as the textbook, a toolkit and the assessment materials. 

    The course is accredited with the British Dyslexia Association (BDA). On completion of the course, candidates can apply for this accreditation at their own cost, which is estimated at approximately £80.


  • Cancellation Policy Open or Close


    You may cancel your registration provided the course has not commenced.  This should be done in writing and be acknowledged in writing by Bellavista S.H.A.R.E.  A handling fee will be charged.   


    Should you withdraw during the course, you are liable for the full course fee. 


  • Programme Outline Open or Close



    Contact Hours

    Independent Work


    Module 1:

    Understanding Dyslexia, causality and the impact on learners.

    1st Assignment is externally marked.

    30 Hours

    40 Hours:




    10 Hours:




    20 Hours:

    Identification and Report Writing

    Module 2:

    Identify learner's literacy profile to plan intervention.

    24 Hours


    Module 3:

    Structured, multisensory intervention and other programmes.

    33 Hours


    Module 4:

    Supporting inclusive practice


    15 Hours

    Supervised Specialist Practice

    Preparation, planning, and monitoring of intervention


    80 Hours

    Facilitate the lessons with one learner

    20 Hours

    Reflective Assignment

    40 Hours



    From learner identification to completion of specialist teaching.


    Additional supervision time costs to be borne by candidate.

    12 hours




    114 Hours

    210 Hours